ooze out


1 [ooz]
verb (used without object), oozed, oozing.
(of moisture, liquid, etc.) to flow, percolate, or exude slowly, as through holes or small openings.
to move or pass slowly or gradually, as if through a small opening or passage: The crowd oozed toward the entrance.
(of a substance) to exude moisture.
(of something abstract, as information or courage) to appear or disappear slowly or imperceptibly (often followed by out or away ): His cockiness oozed away during my rebuttal speech.
to display some characteristic or quality: to ooze with piety.
verb (used with object), oozed, oozing.
to make by oozing.
to exude (moisture, air, etc.) slowly.
to display or dispense freely and conspicuously: He can ooze charm when it serves his interest.
the act of oozing.
something that oozes.
an infusion of oak bark, sumac, etc., used in tanning.

before 1000; Middle English wos(e) (noun), wosen (v.), Old English wōs juice, moisture

10. slime, mud, muck, sludge.
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ooze1 (uːz)
vb (often foll by away)
1.  (intr) to flow or leak out slowly, as through pores or very small holes
2.  to exude or emit (moisture, gas, etc)
3.  (tr) to overflow with: to ooze charm
4.  to disappear or escape gradually
5.  a slow flowing or leaking
6.  an infusion of vegetable matter, such as sumach or oak bark, used in tanning
[Old English wōs juice]

ooze2 (uːz)
1.  a soft thin mud found at the bottom of lakes and rivers
2.  a fine-grained calcareous or siliceous marine deposit consisting of the hard parts of planktonic organisms
3.  muddy ground, esp of bogs
[Old English wāse mud; related to Old French wāse, Old Norse veisa]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., verbal derivative of O.E. noun wos "juice, sap," from P.Gmc. *wosan (cf. M.L.G. wose "scum"), from same source as ooze (n.). Modern spelling from late 1500s. The O.E. verb was wesan.

"soft mud," O.E. wase "soft mud, mire," from P.Gmc. *waison (cf. O.S. waso "wet ground, mire," O.N. veisa "pond of stagnant water"), from PIE *weis- "to flow" (cf. L. virus "slime, poison," and possibly also viscum "birdlime, mistletoe"). Modern spelling is mid-1500s.
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